MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

NOVEMBER 11, 2008, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, King, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

ABSENT:  Kozakiewicz   

OTHERS PRESENT: Keith Baker, Planning Director, Daryl Poprave, Deputy Planning Director; Debbie Marquardt, Technical Secretary and three others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Senesac, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 28, 2008 as written. Motion passed unanimously.

 

3.   Public Hearing

 

      None

     

4.  Public Comments

     

      None

 

5.   New Business

 

      Daryl Poprave introduced the proposed 2009 Zoning Ordinance amendments.

 

The Zoning Ordinance became effective on January 1, 2005.  Previous zoning changes were made in 2006 and 2007.  The Planning Commission is considering additional changes, which are outlined below.

 

      Article 2 – Definitions

      Article 3 – General Provisions

      Section 3.01J – require bicycle racks

      Table 3.2 – projections into yards

      Section 3.10 – commercial driveways

      Section 3.16 - communication facilities (cell towers)

      Article 8 Signs

Section 8.05 – LED signs
Article 21 – Business Districts

      Table 21.1 – Table of Permitted Uses

      Article 22 – LCMR District

      Section 22.02 – Additional permitted uses by right

      Article 27 – Site Plan Review

      Section 27.02(c) – Administrative Site Plan Review

      Section 27.04 – Create additional requirements for off-site improvements

      Article 31 – Administrative Organization

 

      For discussion purposes only.  No action was required at this time. 

 

6.  Old Business

 

      a.   Conditional Use Permit No. 33, the request of Midland County Habitat for Humanity

            for the construction of a single family home located at 309 E. Grove Street.  This property

            is located in a Residential B zoning district.

 

            Mr. Baker gave an overview of the property.  The property is zoned Residential B.  The property is located between Rodd Street and Townsend Street.  Discretionary standards are determined by the Planning Commission during deliberation on the petition.  Staff recommends approval and it is suitable for single family use.  Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Delta College to have the building trades class work on the home. 

 

            Ms. Hanna asked about the number of vehicles this family would have and the driveway would only accommodate two cars. 

 

            Gary Jones, 712 Heathermoor Drive, Executive Director of Habitat.  With regard to the parking, it is going to be a single family home that the Affordable Housing Alliance will be responsible for. 

 

            Mr. Mead asked if this will be a single family living there continually.  The original concept came from MSDHA and they will be families managed by the Affordable Housing Alliance.  It isn’t going to be sold to a family, it will be a rental property.

 

            Motion by Gaynor, seconded by Eyre, to recommend to City Council approval of Conditional Use Permit No. 33:

 

            Mr. Senesac feels that this clearly meets the discretionary and nondiscretionary standards so he supports it.  Ms. Brown supports also.  Mr. Mead feels this is a good use for the property, he supports it too.  Mr. Gaynor states it is a good use and a good cause.  Ms. Svenson agrees.

     

YEAS:       Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, King, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

NAYS:       None

ABSENT:  Kozakiewicz

 

Motion approved 8-0. 

 

      b.   Zoning Petition No. 555 initiated by Soil Tech, Inc., for property located at 4501 Bay

            City Road from Residential B zoning to Regional Commercial.

 

            Mr. Poprave oriented them to the site.  Rockwell Drive is to the east.  It currently has a rental property on the lot. Staff recommends denial due to the fact that it is inconsistent with the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. 

 

            Mr. Senesac stated that he reviewed the pros and cons and he supports the staff to not rezone.  Ms. Hanna seconds that thought.  Ms. Brown agrees with them.

 

            Motion by Senesac, seconded by Hanna, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 555:

 

            Mr. Mead feels that as it is right now the business is doing what it is designed to do as it stands now, he agrees with Ray and will vote against it.

 

            Ms. Svenson doesn’t see a point to change it unless there is more developed later.

 

            Mr. Eyre doesn’t see a need for it at this point.

     

YEAS:       None

NAYS:       Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, King, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

ABSENT:  Kozakiewicz

 

Motion denied 0-8

 

7.   Communications

 

      Ms. Svenson talked about a training session coming up.

 

8.  Report of the Chairperson  

 

      None

 

9.    Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                

 

November 17th

 

SET PUBLIC HEARING

 

a)     Conditional Use Permit No. 33, the request of Midland County Habitat for Humanity for the construction of a single family home located at 309 E. Grove Street.  This property is located in a Residential B zoning district.

 

b)    Zoning Petition No. 555 initiated by Soil Tech, Inc. for property located at 4501 Bay City Road from Residential B zoning to Regional Commercial. 

 

c)     Conditional Use Permit No. 32, the request of Brittany Real Estate Company LLC for a 16,983 square foot building addition to an existing 52,078 square foot nursing home located at 3615 East Ashman Street. 

 

December 8th

 

ACTION

 

a)     Conditional Use Permit No. 33, the request of Midland County Habitat for Humanity for the construction of a single family home located at 309 E. Grove Street.  This property is located in a Residential B zoning district.

 

b)    Zoning Petition No. 555 initiated by Soil Tech, Inc. for property located at 4501 Bay City Road from Residential B zoning to Regional Commercial. 

 

c)     Conditional Use Permit No. 32, the request of Brittany Real Estate Company LLC for a 16,983 square foot building addition to an existing 52,078 square foot nursing home located at 3615 East Ashman Street. 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

November 25th       

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

a)    Zoning Petition No. 556 initiated by Cal Ieuter for property located at 404, 408 and 414 Townsend Street from Office Service zoning to Downtown. 

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

November 18th Meeting

 

a)     No. 08-16 – Three Rivers Corporation on behalf of MBK Development, LLC for an area/dimension variance for a building and parking lot setback encroachments at 102, 108, 110, and 114 W. Buttles Street and 416 E. Indian Street.

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

November 25, 2008 is the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting.

 

December 9th is the only meeting date in December. 

 

Annual Training Workshop – Planning is underway for the commission’s annual training workshop.  Suggested dates include Saturday January 31, 2009 and Saturday February 7, 2009.  Topics being considered include the review of recent Conditional Zoning petitions and their implementation, the city’s GIS system as well as an advanced Zoning Board of Appeals training opportunity. 

 

 

10.  Adjourn   Adjournment at 8:15 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION